A golden Christmas for Meadowbank
Company to fly spouses to mine site
It’s the time of year where most people travel home to be with their families.
But for some of the over 300 employees of Agnico-Eagle’s Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake, working the Christmas shift means they’ll be miles away from home.
Meadowbank staff typically work 14-day cycles.
That’s why this year, the company has offered to fly in employees’ spouses this Christmas – in most cases girlfriends or wives – to bring families a little closer over the holidays.
Some of Agnico-Eagle’s past summer students have been re-hired over the holidays to host the visiting spouses, who will spend a day in Baker Lake and a few more days at the mine site, says Andrée Bélisle, Meadowbank’s human resources coordinator.
On Christmas Day, Meadowbank managers will serve dinner staff and their guests at the end of the work day, followed by gifts and games.
Meadowbank staff have organized a treasure hunt for Boxing Day followed by a traditional square dance in the evening, Bélisle said, so they holidays should be “bright.”